Tuesday, December 08, 2009

In Start-Up Nation

If you are wondering why I come to Israel periodically, you may want to read Start Up Nation, which covers some interesting facts about Israel, like:

  • Israel has the highest density of tech start-ups in the world, including the U.S. It is second only to the U.S. in attracting venture capital dollars.
  • Israel has more companies on NASDAQ (a benchmark for tech) than all of Europe, Japan, Korea, India, and China combined
  • It has one of the highest percentage of college graduates in the world (and not in BS majors like "communications")
My own feel is that there is a drive here that exists when a country is continuously on the brink. But EVERY country is continuously on the brink, which is something the vast majority of Americans have forgotten.

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